FWSU Educators Present at Vermont Fest: Jensen Welch

Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments: FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step: Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings.

Today on the blog, we are featuring another FWSU educator who will be presenting at Vermont Fest:

Student Digital Procedures

Want your students to demonstrate a skill or concept, use topic specific language, show understanding of the order or sequence of said skill, and practice with technology? Learn how the Explain Everything app on the iPad, or other similar applications on the iPad or computer, allows students to demonstrate understanding, language development, and procedural steps while creating their own instructional video.

What interested you in presenting at Vermont Fest 2012?

JW: Last spring my math colleague John Tague presented at another Vermont Fest and came back and recommended that I submit a proposal on the digital procedure videos that my students were making using the iPads. He said it would be something the attendees would be interested in since it is something that reflects the cutting-edge of technology. I agreed to submit a proposal and heard in July that it was accepted!

What is the one lasting piece of information you hope to impart during your presentation?

JW: There are two ideas I want to share in my presentation. The first is that students can make their own procedural videos using the tools on the iPad to give us a recording of their communication skills; communication being one of BFA-Fairfax’s Essential Expectations and a 21st Century skill. The second idea I am hoping comes across is that you don’t need to know everything about the technology or even be able to predict the outcome of the endeavor before you have students try it in your classroom. My students knew much more about the iPad and the app necessary to record their videos and produced excellent examples of their work, and I didn’t know if the project would work or not when I assigned it!

How will presenting make you a better educator?

JW: I am not sure presenting will make me a better educator, but being at the conference, hearing other presentations, and networking with other like-minded educators will give me new ideas, and help keep me informed of the latest technological advances in classrooms.

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